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Revelation 2:18-28 ~ Pure Passion

on April 7, 2014

Jesus started this letter to the church in Thyatira (I love the way that word sounds…go ahead, say it a few times…just rolls off the tongue!) by reminding them that His eyes are like fire, and His feet are like burnished bronze.  These were the words and warnings of THE powerful and pure Son of God–the only One who searches heart and mind!

The church in Thyatira was known by Jesus for their love, faith, service and patient endurance.  That sounds like a good list!  If Jesus knew me by those things, I’d think I was doing pretty well!  No one can be perfect, right?  Jesus demands holiness and purity.  Even a little discrepancy must be addressed and eliminated.

Again we see the problem with the church in Thyatira was that they were mixing self-indulgence and sexual immorality with holiness!  These are called the “deep things of Satan.”  Satan is always trying to get God’s people to doubt that His ways are for our good.  He tries to deceive us into thinking we are missing out on something.  He twists everything to make it about “us.” Like my husband says, “Satan shines up the fruit until we see our reflection in it.”  He makes God look bad and sin look good.  Satan’s purpose is to “steal, kill and destroy,” but because he “masquerades as an angel of light,” we get fooled into thinking sin is not that bad and God won’t really mind if we mix it in our lives as long as we’re basically “good.”

Jesus died and rose again to purify us and give us life!  We are to be like Him–holy and pure.  In His grace, He points out our sin and calls us to repentance.  He warns us of the outcome of chasing after sin–sickness, tribulation, and death.

Jesus is fair–He gives to each person according to their works.  Those who hold fast to Him and are faithful are rewarded with honor and HE GIVES HIMSELF TO THEM FOR ETERNITY!  Because the Bible uses the analogy of Jesus as the Groom and the church as His Bride, I picture Jesus waiting at the altar looking for our entrance. However, many times we forget that we will see Him face-to-face, and the things of this world and the desires of our flesh distract and derail our purity.  Jesus deserves a pure bride–not an unfaithful fiance!

Lord, keep Jesus before my eyes. Let the knowledge that I will see Him cause me to desire to live a holy life, so I will not be ashamed when I stand before Him.  Give me one pure and holy passion!

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